Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29711
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good morning from South Staffs. I’m rather busy today, so no pictures or music, I’m afraid.
I found the puzzle reasonably straightforward, with only a couple of answers where I had to ponder the parsing.
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1a This writer, inspired by that virtually small river (6)
THAMES – THA(t) (from the clue, virtually) and Small, placed either side of a pronoun used to represent ‘this writer’.
5a Murder drama in theatre that’s bad? (4,4)
FOUL PLAY – Another word for ‘bad’ or ‘rotten’, followed by a drama in the theatre.
9a Student extremely anxious over labelling for vinaigrette, perhaps (5,8)
SALAD DRESSING – Start by putting together the usual letter indicating a learner or student and the outside letters (extremely) of AnxiouS. Then reverse the result and add another word for ‘labelling’ (a parcel, perhaps).
10a Top pastry contains ultimate in Himalayan salt, according to chemist (8)
PINNACLE – The sort of pastry which may contain steak or apple is wrapped round the last letter (ultimate) of HimalayaN and the chemical formula for common salt.
11a Quarrel at home making lunch (6)
TIFFIN – A quarrel followed by ‘at home’, giving us a word for a light meal in colonial India (which brings to mind Sid James in Carry on up the Khyber).
12a Stars seen in outwardly grotesque car (6)
GEMINI – This constellation is made up of the outside letters of GrotesquE, and a famous make of small car.
14a Acrobats in glasses? (8)
TUMBLERS – Double definition, the second being drinking glasses rather than seeing ones.
16a Real ale enthusiasts rejected imbibing good North American brandy (8)
ARMAGNAC – Reverse (rejected) the acronym of the Campaign for Real Ale, then insert Good and an abbreviation for North America.
19a Overheard old man that regularly lets off steam? (6)
GEYSER – A natural phenomenon which will be familiar to our Kiwi readers sounds like (overheard) a Cockney word for an old man.
21a Hard work, many discovered, to produce advertising jingle (6)
SLOGAN – Another word for ‘hard work’ followed by the inside letters (dis-covered) of (m)AN(y).
23a Rock musicians led away to find air transport (8)
ZEPPELIN – Remove the ‘Led’ from the name of a famous rock group, to get an early 20th-century means of air transport.
25a Screen actress in minor role many condemned (7,6)
MARILYN MONROE – Anagram (condemned) of MINOR ROLE MANY.
26a Wealth of old coins impressing university lecturer initially (8)
OPULENCE – Old and some small change, wrapped round the initial letters of University Lecturer.
27a Attention surrounds setter regularly in certain time of year (6)
EASTER – The body part you are said to have if someone is listening to you, wrapped round alternate letters (regularly) of SeTtEr, giving us a Spring festival.
2d Unfriendly crowd that is gathering close to memorial (7)
HOSTILE – Another word for a crowd, followed by the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ wrapped round the last letter of memoriaL.
3d City rising in national importance (5)
MILAN – Hidden in reverse (rising) in the clue.
4d Son finding refusing starter brings temptation (9)
SEDUCTION – An abbreviation for Son, followed by a word for a ‘finding’ or ‘conclusion’ minus its first letter (refusing starter).
5d Fine rowing crew in good condition reportedly (7)
FORFEIT – This fine or penalty sounds like (reportedly) a phrase (4,3) which would describe a type of rowing crew who were in good condition
6d Disconcert group of persons on horseback? (5)
UPSET – A word for ‘on horseback’ followed by a group of persons.
7d Benefit completely will stop, in distressing fashion (9)
PAINFULLY – A phrase (2,4) meaning ‘completely’ is inserted into a type of monetary benefit.
8d Comparatively cross when earring gets broken (7)
ANGRIER – Anagram (broken) of EARRING.
13d First gun Laura shot, preceded by indecision originally (9)
INAUGURAL – The first letter of Indecision, followed by an anagram (shot) of GUN LAURA.
15d Keeping quiet, explosive Egham individual that usually raises voice (9)
MEGAPHONE – Anagram (explosive) of EGHAM wrapped round the musical symbol for ‘quiet’, and followed by another word for an individual.
17d Pickled herring to start followed by sponge (7)
ROLLMOP – Another word for ‘start’, perhaps involving wagons or film cameras, followed by another word for ‘sponge’ or ‘wipe up’.
18d Painter, unknown character meeting queen after church (7)
CEZANNE – Put together the initials of the Church of England, an algebraic unknown, and the last Stuart queen of England, to get a French painter.
20d Possibly malevolent look one vile Yemeni adopts (4,3)
EVIL EYE – Hidden in the clue.
22d Stocking only occasionally goes over large leg (5)
NYLON – Alternate letters (occasionally) of oNlY, followed by Large, and another word for the leg side at cricket.
24d Acquires finally valuable area for expansion purposes (5)
EARNS – The last letters (finally) of the last five words of the clue.
The Quick Crossword pun MOCKED + HURTLE = MOCK TURTLE